September 22, 2010 Subject:
ANDREW MCINTOSH OF "SPECIAL INTERESTS" MAGAZINE REVIEWS POLLUTIVE STATIC - "NOTHING BUT A FUCKING GRUDGE"
POLLUTIVE STATIC, "Nothing But A Fucking Grudge"
Der Bunker Records, 2010
Interesting move, to release wave files of the tracks that are intended to be released as a 7” in future. Certainly no complaints can be made about sound quality in this case. What we have here are two very well shaped and solid pieces of pure Harsh Noise, extremely distorted, so that it's a little difficult to suspect what the sources are. One can definitely hear keening feedback flying over the mess like birds of prey, while the bulk of the sound could well be either crashing metal or pollutive electronically generated static.
The feedback seem to give the most differentiation and both pieces sound as if they where recorded at the same session, in fact, as if they are a longer piece cut in half. The sound itself has enough tiny gaps through the cracks not to give it a too-stationary, uniform sound, and the pieces are at just the right length to not out stay their welcome. There is a lack of range on these pieces, making them somewhat monotone; they are thick and dark, but it's only towards the end of the second piece one detects a bit more detail and variation. But fortunately, they are just at the right length for that not to be too much of an issue.
In fact, this would make a perfect 7”, although it would be interesting to compare the sound after being pressed to vynal. This is bulked up, Total Noise, well recorded and well executed, lacking in imagination to a degree but fulfilling the basic need for Noise.